Open Source Dual Channel Variable Speed Trim Motor Controller Released

Open Source Dual Channel Variable Speed Trim Motor Controller Released

We are very happy to announce another open source avionics project released by MakerPlane from Vern Little of Vx Aviation! The M-PWR-2 is a two-channel variable speed trim motor control device developed primarily for amateur-built aircraft applications.   The device features two all-electronic motor drive channels in one compact package, capable of controlling Ray Allen (RAC) or Firgelli servo...

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pyEFIS Update

pyEFIS Update

Neil has been working on the pyEFIS system and thrown up a video of the interface being stimulated by Flight Gear (open source flight simulator). For those that don’t know, some of  the guys are working on an open source avionics stack for the Raspberry Pi and the CAN-FIX protocol.  AWESOME!   More info on the MakerPlane forums: www.makerplane.org/forums/ and look at the Open Source...

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3D Printer Tools 2

3D Printer Tools 2

Ted has put together an initial zip file containing a few items that are potentially useful not only to MakerPlane, but homebuilt aircraft in general.   I will put this file up into the downloads page of this site as well very soon.   For now you can also go to the MakerPlane forums and download it from there.   http://makerplane.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=278 The file contains a...

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3D Printer Tools 1

3D Printer Tools 1

Hopefully this will be the start of a series of posts about various 3D printed tools, devices and software that will be useful for homebuilt aircraft and electronics.   There are various sources for getting ready-made files to print out and there are also easy to use and free software apps for you to make your own things for printing out.  Maybe in the future I will create a couple of simple...

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Glossy Finish for 3D Prints

Glossy Finish for 3D Prints

I have been really hammering the 3D printer learning about the capabilities of this specific machine.  I have also been experimenting with the acetone finishing technique to smooth out the lines that come with this layer-by-layer type of printing.  You would have seen in my previous blog post that I was printing out lots of models and toys as I was learning how to print.  I thought that the...

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3D Printer Experiments

3D Printer Experiments

Hi Everyone, It has certainly been a while since my last post, but hopefully back on track to take 2014 head on!  I have been tied up over the past couple of months with family matters so now able to put more time back into MakerPlane. So to get caught up, let me tell you about my recent purchase of a 3D printer so that I can start helping out Ted in the forums to start generating aviation...

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Indiegogo reward and CNC upgrade update

Indiegogo reward and CNC upgrade update

Hi Everyone, It has been really busy the past few weeks and I am overdue for an update to let everyone know what is going on!  Apart from working shift work for a few weeks at work in support of a big event, I have still managed to squeeze in a lot of building in the workshop.  I have a short video that I put up on Youtube here to provide a quick update on the rewards for the Indiegogo campaign...

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Indiegogo Thanks!

Indiegogo Thanks!

Hi Everyone, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our supporters and followers that helped us out during the campaign! We raised a total of $8,712 out of $75,000, so well short of the cash target, however we also raised $10,000 in material donation from EcoPoxy and another $55,000 + in software and support sponsorship (company TBAL once documents are signed). This would bring the total...

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1/10th Scale Model First Flight!

1/10th Scale Model First Flight!

Jeffrey has been working long hours to get a 1/10th scale model of MakerPlane flying and yesterday was the first flight!  Dubbed MakerPlane 0.1 (because it is a 10th scale model!) and Jeffrey’s son at the controls, the model lifted off. Here is Jeffrey’s report on the flight:   After making a frantic effort to find a suitable place to fly we managed to get MP0.1 off the ground...

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SketchFab Model

SketchFab Model

The folks at Sketchfab have put me on to their 3D model portfolio website and I have been playing around with it for a few days.  It is very cool!  It allows you to load models and do a 360 look at them without any hassle.  We use eDrawings a lot to share geometry between team members,  but a lot of the time that is overkill when all we need is to look at the overall geometry, or get an idea...

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New Renderings

New Renderings

Hi Everyone, I am in the process of updating the renderings based upon the latest geometry from Jeffrey.   This is still a work in progress, but I thought it would be cool to see what MP v1.0 might look like.  I have also placed this slideshow in the Gallery page. John   [Show as slideshow] ...

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EcoPoxy Donates $10,000 to MakerPlane!

EcoPoxy Donates $10,000 to MakerPlane!

EcoPoxy Donates $10,000 in supplies to MakerPlane! View the Full Press Release here:  EcoPoxy and MakerPlane Press Release     EcoPoxy®, the global distributor of a breakthrough plant based non-toxic and environmentally friendly epoxy system announced the donation of $10,000 of their EcoPoxy® composite building epoxy to MakerPlane, the Open Source Aviation organization. As an active...

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